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“OWA is a great experience in a beautiful part of Colorado. All the counselors are really helpful, fun, and flexible. They help you safely step outside of your comfort zone and personalize your experience. I became close with other campers and built good relationships”- Sage, age 14
Austin, TX


Learn the Lingo: Mountain Biking

Life behind bars

Starting a new sport or getting into a new community can be hard, especially when that community seems to have its own language. You’re trying to keep up with what they are talking about, but you get totally lost. Have you ever wished you just had a cheat sheet to understand what they are saying? […]


Outdoor Moms, Here’s to You

Moms who mountain bike

People often ask me where I get my adventuresome spirit and love for the outdoors. I think a big part of it was how I was raised. We would often go hiking and camping as a family. My siblings and I were always encouraged to go outside and play. Television was a treat and video […]


Staying Safe in the Mountains: Animal Encounters

Big ol' beast

My friend and I were going to climb a 14er. We decided to start the long climb during the evening hours. We grabbed our headlamps and packed up our sleeping bags to hit the trail. With a plan to sleep at a lake a few miles in, we began our journey into the dark. About […]


Tips for Beginner Backpackers

Backpacking group

When I went on my first backpacking trip, I made a few rookie mistakes. I didn’t really know what I was doing, so I just kind of went for it. I had climbed a few mountains and gone on a lot of hikes, so it’s all the same in the long run (or should I […]


The Four Types of Climbing Cleaners


If I go to hell, I will spend eternity cleaning. Already I can picture it, a smiling devil waiting to greet me as I step through the black iron gates, holding a broom and dustpan in place of a pitchfork. He will set me to mopping, vacuuming, washing dishes, “straightening up.” All words that make […]